About Forest School
With longer school days and more screens, Forest Schools aim to reintroduce an element of wild, natural play to childhood by allowing children the opportunity to use the natural world as their classroom and playground.
Forest School is not only about teaching children to value nature and notice the environment they are in, it’s about discovery and risk taking. At Out There, children are rarely told yes or no in answer to questions such as ‘can we climb that tree?’ or ‘can we swing on that rope swing?’. Instead, we ask them, ‘what are the possible dangers of tree climbing?’ and ‘how will you keep yourself and others safe?’.
The benefits to children are wondrous. Children who attend forest schools have shown dramatically increased confidence, enhanced creative thinking and better problem solving. Responding to an unfamiliar environment brings physical benefits too. Improved fine motor skills, stamina and spatial awareness are matched by the social benefits, with children working together more cooperatively as a team.
At our forest school, we also find that children who are considered disruptive in the classroom really come into their own with the added freedom and responsibility that comes from being out in the woods.